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October 19, 2005

My New Least Favorite Commercial

Ameriprise Financial.

Oooh look at the old hippie-turned-yuppie. He still surfs and drives a VW bus. Groovy.

Buncha freakin clueless narcissistic hypocrites. i guess they don't want my business.

Update: Am i alone? i don't think so. Here's another.

Posted by annika, Oct. 19, 2005 | TrackBack (0)
Rubric: Arts


Clearly the marketing field has more than their fare share of frauds and nitwits. Once in a while someone throws a strike, and hits home with their market. Love the DHL commercial with the "What the world needs now, is love sweet love" soundtrack.

Posted by: Casca on Oct. 19, 2005

Every commercial by Jack in the Box is gold.

The newest one has him playing a popular TV card game (I guess p**er is a verboten word) with Gary Coleman and William Hung.

When Coleman loses his money he says "I borrowed that!"

Posted by: Kevin on Oct. 19, 2005

Well I hate the DHL commercial, and the "dust in the wind" commercial, and every commercial that features an overplayed pop hit from the 60's or 70's. I grew up hearing that lame old crap all my life and after thirty to forty years Its time to retire that garbage.
You hear it in malls, in resturants, it makes me sick to my soul. DEATH TO THE OLDIES!

Posted by: Kyle N on Oct. 20, 2005

lol, Kyle. How about those montages in romantic comedies that are always done to the same old Motown hits?

Posted by: annika on Oct. 20, 2005

Well old boy, there's only one thing for you then:

"When wounded and dying in Afghanistan's planes,
And the women come out to cut-up what remains,
Just roll to your rifle, and blow out your brains,
And go to your God like a soldier."

Posted by: Casca on Oct. 20, 2005

What i hate about that lame, pretentious fucking commercial is the idea that those self-involved, America-hating, spoiled rich kids from the 60's did so much to "change" the world and push boundaries. Fuck them. Their parents changed the world by fighting and dying for freedom. They "fought" for the right to avoid service to their country, fuck at will without consequences, and do drugs. How fucking heroic! Gosh, I wanna be just like those people.......so, yeah, Annie, I don't particularly like the commericial much either.

Posted by: Blu on Oct. 20, 2005

Yeah, I've had the same reaction to that VW commercial -- congratulating the baby-boomers were being a bunch of self-absorbed assholes.

Another TV ad campaign that I really hate is the one for BP that features these dippy, boomer soccer moms whining that they want a company that will assuage their guilt by filling their minivans with completely emissions-free gasoline. 'Makes me wanna' shoot up the tv screen.

Posted by: SWLiP on Oct. 20, 2005

I, too, hate that fucking commercial. And thank you for bringing it up to give us all a chance to vent.

That said, look at it this way. Whoever is writing the copy for the ads KNOWS that boomers are self-involved, self-absorbed fucktards and that the easiest way to part them from their money is to tell them how vewy, vewy special they are.

Posted by: ken on Oct. 20, 2005

That's my generation, and I hate that commercial more than anyone. Maybe Jane Fonda will let them manage her money. Ameriprise will never manage a dime of mine. In a just world those asshats would spend every day begging forgiveness from the Vietnamese they sold out. Pardon my rant.

Posted by: markD on Oct. 20, 2005

Good call. Ironic that they're targeting the same generation that hated its parents for worrying about money.

Posted by: Mark on Oct. 21, 2005

I also hate those BP commercials. I have quit buying their products. The commercials are so stupid and I just can't believe they are still running them!

Posted by: dennis on Nov. 2, 2005

Anyone here understand marketing? They don't care about business from 25 - 45 year olds near as much as the people 55 - 65. Why? They 25 - 45 set are still saving money. The 55 - 65 set HAS money. And if it's at ABC firm, it can still move to XYZ firm.

Don't get pissed because you weren't the target.

Also I don't understand why Ameriprise needs to beg forgiveness from the Vietnamese, but I am being intentionally obtuse.

Posted by: jim on Nov. 7, 2005

I've never seen an entire generation so mean & hateful to another generation. Obviously envy is playing a big role here ( "I guess they don't want MY business"). I'm not a baby boomer nor a gen Xer (born in '63). So I fall in between the cracks. Retirement ads (such as Ameriprise) are not aimed at me nor are the multitude of media ads that are aimed at the younger generation. But hey I"m fine with that. Commercials SUCK, period. I don't need nor want any life-sucking, time-wasting maddison avenue crap in my life. But I digress. As far as baby boomers are concerned, I'm not qualified to pass judgement on the soul of one individual, let alone an entire generation. But I guess I'm a minority on that issue. I know some boomers that are the greatest people in the world (some may even be YOUR parents). Some fought and some died in a war that had no meaning other than politics. Some tried to stop it. And some tried to fight against bigotry and prejudice only to get their collective skulls bashed in by America's finest. I know of three baby-boomers that were murdered and buried somwhere in Mississippi. They were guilty of the crime of trying to sign up African Americans to have the right to vote in that state. Were they "bunch of self-absorbed assholes" too? Some boomers tried to change the world. Maybe they didn't succeed but just how easy is it to change the world? At least they tried. When they grew older they focused their attention to things they could change and control (ie; raising their families). Please ask yourself what have you done to even try to change things in your own neighbourhood? I'm not saying all baby boomers are saints, they not. But they're not demons either. The sad part of this whole discussion is I head and read almost the VERY same crap about generation X and Y (especially the self-involved, spoiled and rich part). But I don't buy into that crap either.
Let me end this by asking you this: do you REALLY want Geritol tv adverts about retirement, assisted living and funeral pre-arrangement aimed at YOU? If so, relax, you will get them sooner than you think!

Posted by: Doodah Bagel on Nov. 27, 2005

Technically, neither Goodman, Chaney nor Schwerner were baby boomers, all of them having been born before 1946.

But i understand your point, and so from now on i will only say nice and happy things on this blog, after i say one last mean thing: Fuck you and the high horse you rode in on, jackass.

Posted by: annika on Nov. 27, 2005

I'm sorry I've upset you. I'll leave you alone and let you play in your own little world of perceptions and illusions and you won't have to be subjected to critical thought anymore.
Besides, you seem really too comfortable using the words "fuck" "horse" and "jackass" in the same sentence. Hmmm, I think we just found out more about you then we'd wish to know. ewhhh!

Posted by: Doodah Bagel on Nov. 27, 2005

l i g h t e n u p


Posted by: annika on Nov. 27, 2005